Det Snr Const David Mackie's efforts rewarded
IF there is an officer who embodies the work ethic of the NSW Police Force, it must be Det Snr Const David Mackie.
Yesterday he received the National Medal for 15 years' diligent and ethical service, and was presented with a Northern Region Certificate of Merit for his role in bringing to court a murder case involving a house fire and death of a man in Lismore in November, 2000.
Det Snr Const Mackie also presented awards to officers who embodied the spirit of his late wife, Kylie, an officer at Casino who was killed in a car accident on her way to work six years ago yesterday.
“I love the job that much,” admitted the dedicated detective.
“There is a lot of reward. Often we get results, but we also put in some amazing effort for no result.”
In researching the Lismore house fire, Det Snr Const Mackie reignited investigations after interviewing an informant, who supplied information implicating two men as being responsible for the fire and the death.
With limited resources available, Det Snr Const Mackie committed a lot of his own time toward the investigation, with a suspect being charged.
“When you are dealing with the worst of society the best reward is getting those people off the streets,” he said.
“But unlike other jobs, work doesn't finish when you leave the office.”
Det Snr Const Mackie said there was 'never enough time' during office hours, so he tended to bring the work home.
“If you don't keep on top of it you stress out more, so I cope with that stress by doing some of my work out of work hours,” he said. “Yes, it is a big part of my life, but I believe in putting in 100 per cent.”